Finally after several projects, I've put away my Christmas blue colors and the Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive are back out on my work table. It's refreshing to see some Red and Green!
Actually, the original project from which I copied the idea for this card was made with all those blues that I've been sharing with you. As with many of the projects that provide me with design ideas, this one came from the Stampin' Up! Demonstrators Magazine, Stampin' Success. The technique they were demonstrating this month was the Sunburst Technique that I've shared with you a few times before – most recently in some other Christmas Cards. So it's not new. But it sure is fun to do and it doesn't require much in the way of perfection as far as the technique goes. Read just a bit further on and I'll briefly show you how I came up with this card's design.
The first step for creating this design is to decide on the colors that you want to use. In this case, I chose several of the prints from the Season of Style Designer Series Paper set.
Then I started cutting them into random pointed shapes and arranging them next to one another. The picture on the left shows how this arrangement ended up. I didn't plan this ahead of time – I just kept putting shapes next to each other. I did make sure that those two Cherry Cobbler pieces weren't right next to each other to try to balance things a bit.
The last piece is the only one that needs to be cut to a particular shape. Once you have all but the last piece in place, take the pattern that you're going to use for that piece, line one edge up against one of the other pieces on either side of the blank space. Then run a stylus (or even just your fingernail!) up against the edge on the other side. Cut along the embossed line and fit the last piece in.
Once I had the whole design done, I added adhesive to the back of each piece in turn and adhered it to a piece of copy paper. I placed a little pencil mark on the back of the edge that I was going to put next to the piece already in place – turning paper over and around can get confusing!
My next step was to cut a rectangle out of the center of another piece of copy paper, making the opening the size that I wanted the finished sunburst layer to be. For my card, I wanted it to be 5" high by 3-3/4" wide, to give me a 1/4" border all around the card base. Then I placed the "window" over the paper design, moving the design and the window around until I liked the overall layout for the card's layer. I drew a light pencil line along one side and the bottom. I began by cutting along these lines and finished with cutting the other sides to my measurements.
I used my Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers to color the stamp, and affixed one of the Old Olive Simply Styled Embellishments to one corner to finish the card off.
Definitely a fun project – and you can make your own design with whatever papers you'd like to use.
Oh, and this means I have yet another Christmas Card done to check off my list!!!